Saturday, February 21, 2015

I've Got Your Number

I have a fascination for numbers - perhaps it comes from my days as a math teacher.

One of my Pinterest boards is called, "I've Got Your Number" and believe me, I have numbers.

In my last post, one of the pictures inside my little house showed part of my number collection and I received several comments and questions about my numbers.

I had removed all my Valentine decor from the house so I decided to put my numbers on display for now.

0 through 10 grace the top of this dresser in the living room.

Steve asked me, "why the numbers?"

And my reply was, "why not?"

I was on a roll and decided to continue the number theme throughout the house.

From a distance, you wouldn't notice the numbers here,

but a close up shot shows numbers on the bucket 

and buoys.

The only change to the entry was this chair and the numbered weights - to tie it together I added a kitchen towel covered in anchors.

I am beginning to recognize my number addiction

because these numbered items are still sitting on the shelves in the garden house.

If you are ever in need of numbers, drop by because

I've got your number.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

La Petite Maison

For Valentine's Day, Steve put the finishing touch on the little garden house - he bought a rustic wooden heart and painted it to hang on the outside wall.

To recap, I wrote about the building of the little house here.

I showcased the house in the garden here.

Finally it is time to take a look inside La Petite Maison.

First, I want to talk about the door - a donation from a wonderful friend and neighbor - that we left green on the inside.

The exterior of the door provides a vibrant pop of color to the garden.

I love this door - each individual pane of glass is beveled - I tried to get a close up of the door to show the beveling, but my photography skills don't do it justice.

An amazing feature of the house is the glass walls on either side which create an open feel to an otherwise tiny space.

Although more than one person can fit in the house at a time, it is really a one person operation so go on in and look around.

The left wall of the house is a perfect spot for my grandmother's sewing machine base - oh, why did I ever give away the sewing machine?

The base had been in the house with a glass top that I unfortunately broke, but I found this old table top in the garage and did a little sanding to distress it.

The little table provides a flat surface for small projects.

My father's old tool box sits on the back wall of the house and right now is holding all sorts of props I am collecting for my son's wedding in July - I am in charge of the seating arrangement table and the Candy Bar.

I found this old cabinet in the attic and it works perfectly on the right wall of the house to hold "stuff" - as you can see one shelf is still empty, but I have plenty more "stuff" to put in the house.

I am sure it will come as no surprise to you that I painted the shelves bright colors.

If you look at the top of this photo, you catch a small glimpse of the corrugated tin roof.

The nice thing about the little house is that my collections are grouped together and visible instead of crammed into any cupboard or drawer that has space.

Tomorrow I will be swapping out vignettes now that Valentine's Day has passed.

Maybe I will use numbers,

glass bottles

 or possibly hands.

 Favorite books are easily found without a trip to the attic

and the silly little mice KC bought me for Christmas look so cute on the blue shelf.

For now, the Valentine decor is balanced upon the little table, but when something comes out to be used in a vignette, a space will open up for the hearts.

I don't know if you can tell from my writing, but I am giddy in love with this house and spend a little time in it every single day.

Enough with the silly house, please take me to the beach!

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

a loaf of bread, a flask of wine . . .

I was dusting the bookcase in our bedroom - I'll admit that doesn't happen as frequently as it should - and pulled out the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.

Inside I found Steve's message to me - 

44 years ago - 6 weeks before we were married.

This is what greeted Steve when he went to make his coffee, but with a far better quality of wine than in 1971 and of course some chocolate.

I hope you have a lovely day!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Views in the Garden

Bear with me as I bombard you with picture after picture of my little garden house - you can read here about how it came to exist.

Visitors get just a peek of the garden house from the Dutch door, but a full view of the house from the living room windows.

Yesterday I went outside to take photographs of the interior, but it was a gorgeous day and I got distracted taking photos of the little house from every view in the garden.

Ever since we bought our house, I have hated this silk floss tree and last week I told Steve we needed to cut it down.

I used a little piece of picket fence to disguise the stump that remains of the tree and can't wait for the flowers to grow in the little patch of garden in front of the house.

The path to the little house is just a layer of sand topped with pea gravel.

My love of primary colors definitely shows in this photo of the house.

The little garden house is surrounded by a variety of trees.

This is one of my favorite views from the house.

The garden definitely has a coastal feel to it - Steve found some buoys on the beach and painted them to match the house.

I loved my garden as it is shown last summer all decorated for a tea party.

But, I love the little house too. 

And, I hope you'll come back later this week to see the inside. 

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